GBAtemp Weekly Group Highlight: Retro Games and Consoles

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It's that time of the week again! If you're just catching up on all the new changes made to GBAtemp lately, you've likely noticed our new Groups feature! In this article, we'll be taking yet another look at a standout group from the community. This time, we're looking at the Retro Games and Consoles! group, created by @p1ngpong. As the name implies, this group is where you can discuss all things retro gaming--something that's sure to be well-liked by many gamers!

With some fun threads like sharing your favorite retro gaming store, talking about your very first experience with retro gaming, and old school consoles that you want to one day own, there's plenty of retro-focused discussions. Right now, this group has 66 members in it--why not join, if you haven't already, and be a part of this fun group! Congrats to @p1ngpong for the great group idea, trophy, and 200xp!

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Costello

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Gbatemp v8 ushered in this feature, in my knowledge it deleted the ask option as well...
"Ask GBAtemp" no longer exists because you can ask actual "Questions" in the forums now and have the same level of features ("best answer" etc.)

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And all existing "Ask GBAtemp" questions have been reconverted back to regular threads

so... in a way, Ask GBAtemp still exists, in a different form :P
 

NeoGranzon

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Why, if i visit the thread link it says "You have insufficient privileges to post threads here."? Am i too low in level or what am i missing?
 

duwen

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I'm sorry, but I'll never consider anything from the Xbox/PS2/Gamecube era as "retro gaming". To me, retro gaming is 8 or 16-bit graphics. Nothing was rendered in 3D, or was capable of going online.
That's a bizarre statement, considering that there were some 3D games and online features on 16bit machines.
But I can see where you're coming from in terms of what should be considered 'retro'. I think it's subjective and largely dependent on your own history with gaming.
As someone that played Space Invaders and the like in arcades back when they first came out, as well as various TV Pong clones, the Atari VCS, and had a ZX Spectrum in 1982, I personally consider anything that launched pre-2000 as 'retro' (which means I'm starting to consider all of the 6th gen as retro now) and anything before 1985 as 'vintage'.
The ideology is muddied somewhat by the fact that there are now 'retro' games for current systems as well as modern games for retro systems.
 

Dr_Faustus

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That's a bizarre statement, considering that there were some 3D games and online features on 16bit machines.
But I can see where you're coming from in terms of what should be considered 'retro'. I think it's subjective and largely dependent on your own history with gaming.
As someone that played Space Invaders and the like in arcades back when they first came out, as well as various TV Pong clones, the Atari VCS, and had a ZX Spectrum in 1982, I personally consider anything that launched pre-2000 as 'retro' (which means I'm starting to consider all of the 6th gen as retro now) and anything before 1985 as 'vintage'.
The ideology is muddied somewhat by the fact that there are now 'retro' games for current systems as well as modern games for retro systems.

Very true, as someone who has been in the retro/vintage tech scene for awhile we folk tend to butt-heads on the definition on what constitutes for retro, if its a scale that shifts with time, if its a static limit of time or if its simply an abstraction of age mixed with nostalgia from generation to generation. It's an argument that typically goes nowhere at the end as each person from each generation will have their own personal beliefs on what is and is not retro/vintage.

For me as example. I refuse to accept the XP Era/P4 Era of computers to be retro in any way. Yet they are about approaching 20 years old now. Plus a lot of newer people in the circles are referencing them as being retro when in reality they are still fairly operative machines in this day and age, they can still get online and can still do some stuff albeit limited. The idea that they can be retro just baffles me to no end but that is just my view and many others. Some would even argue that anything beyond The DOS Era is too new, and they are right to their view as well.

In short, getting old kinda sucks.
 
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